Harris County - The 1307 Jail Inmate Mail

Harris County - The 1307 Jail Inmate Mail

When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:

Inmate's First and Last Name
1307 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-755-5300

All mail sent to an inmate at the Harris County - The 1307 Jail must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.
Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.

The information below provides complete instructions regarding:

  • Harris County - The 1307 Jail Inmate Mail Policies,
  • Mail Instructions,
  • What type of mail is NOT allowed,
  • Rules for Mailing Letters and Photos and Postcards
  • Emailing an inmate,
  • Policies for Sending Magazines, Newspapers, Books and Packages to Harris County - The 1307 Jail in Houston, Texas.

Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate receives his/her mail and not have it thrown away.
The Harris County - The 1307 Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.

TextBehind Digital & Letter Writing Service


TextBehind enables you to communicate with your incarcerated loved ones located inside the United States from anywhere in the world using text letters, kids' drawings, and custom greeting cards. Unlimited inmate reply letters are processed for electronic delivery to your smartphone and email at no extra charge.
The cost to send an electronic letter is approximately $1.00.

Here’s how it works:
1.    All offender mail (paper and electronic) is addressed and delivered to TextBehind. Electronic mail is sent through the apps (iphone, Google Play). Paper mail is sent to the address below:
Inmate Name and Inmate Number
Harris County - The 1307 Jail Texas
(note: please do not abbreviate the name)
P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131

2.    If it was sent via TextBehind's app (iphone, Google Play), TextBehind can process it within one business day.
3.    An additional step is involved in processing mail that is sent using the U.S. Postal Service. TextBehind will  use a scanner to make digital files of the contents of the mailing—including cards, photos or artwork.
4.    All digital files are then forwarded to the offender’s assigned prison.
5.    The jail or prison's mailroom staff print approved pages and then delivers them to the inmate.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • TextBehind does not deliver any mail to the inmate directly, nor do they guarantee delivery of your letters to the inmates by the courier, jail or prison staff. Once they process your mail and ship them out on your behalf, they are out of the loop entirely. However, at times they may offer to resend your letters under certain strict conditions as a courtesy. 
  • Inmates do not receive any invites when you add them, and neither do they need to accept the use of TextBehind service. Once you add the inmate, you can create letters for them. 
  • There is NO guarantee that Harris County - The 1307 Jail will cooperate and process TextBehind 'mail', and then deliver it to your inmate. Only when jails enroll directly with TextBehind, is your inmate most likely to get your TextBhind communications.

Here’s what happens when TextBehind receives a letter from an inmate:

  • Upon receiving, TextBehind staff open their letters, scan, and upload high-quality images to your TextBehind account as a complimentary service. You are not required to have any money or credits balance in your TextBehind account to receive inmate letters.
  • Next, you will receive a text and email alert to notify you of any new incoming reply letters. At that time, you can log into the TextBehind website or mobile app and view letters in your CONTACTS >> Click on Conversation Icon. 

YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS...

  • Inmates do require a stamp to send out their letters to TextBehind using Postal Service.
  • The cash or credit balance from your TextBehind account will not be shared with inmates as a substitute for the stamps. 
  • All letters printed and shipped by TextBehind nationwide to virtually any jail or prison facility are delivered to the jails/prisons by couriers such as the USPS or FedEx as their standard process.
  • After the shipments, TextBehind has no control over the process.
  • The delivery of your letters depends on couriers and prison staff taking the necessary action, and on time.

IMPORTANT TextBehind LINKS:
Register / Log in with TextBehind
Contact TextBehind with Questions
Add an Inmate to your list of Contacts
TextBehind Volume Discount packages
** Address to Mail letters using TextBehind **
Inmate Name and Inmate Number
Harris County - The 1307 Jail Texas (note: please do not abbreviate the name)
P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131

RATES (subject to change):


TextBehind is a digital texting and letter writing service used by jail and prison inmates and inmate’s friends and families all across America. Due to the problem of letters and postcards containing, or soaked in contraband (drugs), TextBehind electronic and physical letters replaced the former policy of allowing mail to be sent directly from inmate’s friends and family members, and vice versa.

Type of Mail Allowed for Harris County - The 1307 Jail

Postcards & Letters

The Harris County - The 1307 Jail allows inmates to receive letters and postcards. 

Your letter should be handwritten. Computer printed letters might be rejected as photocopied images.

Postcards can be purchased already stamped (Pre-metered) or you can send those that you put stamps on. (Stamps are removed before the inmate receives the postcard or letter).  

Both letters and postcards are rejected by staff if altered in any way including: lipstick marks, perfumed, stickers or glue.

Rejected mail is thrown away and the inmate will not receive it.

Envelopes

The Harris County - The 1307 Jail allows inmates to receive mailed letters in envelopes. Staff members will inspect all incoming and outgoing mail for contraband or other issues, including certain phrases, security risks etc.

To confirm that the Harris County - The 1307 Jail still allows letters in envelopes call 713-755-5300 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

This facility allows inmates to receive newspaper subscriptions as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher.  Each inmate is can have a combination of four newspaper/magazine subscriptions at a time.

The inmate must request and receive permission from the jail to receive newspaper subscriptions before the first one is received.

Magazines

This facility allows inmates to receive newspaper subscriptions as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher.  Each inmate is can have a combination of four newspaper/magazine subscriptions at a time. They cannot cannot contain pornographic images or nude photos.

The inmate must request and receive permission from the jail to receive magazine subscriptions before the first one is received.

Books

Softcover books can be sent to inmates as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher or approved online vendor such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble. There is a limit of four books in an inmate’s possession at any given time.

Books must NOT contain images or content considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Harris County - The 1307 Jail standards will be disposed of.

Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.

The inmate must request and receive permission from the jail to receive books before the first one is mailed.

 

All incoming mail must include:

  • Sender’s first and last name and complete address
  • The complete name of the inmate that was used for booking.
  • Inmate’s SPN number
  • Inmate’s housing facility
  • Inmate’s cell block location

Mail it to:

Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Inmate first and last name – SPN number

Housing facility and cell block location

1307 Baker Street

Houston, Texas  77002

 

Care packages

Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.

When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.

Call 713-755-5300 or click here or here to see if the Harris County - The 1307 Jail participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.

Emailing an Inmate

A growing number of jails now offer email services to inmates and their families. This can save you time by letting you view your email from your Smart Phone, computer or tablet whenever you wish.

In addition, you don't have to deal with envelopes, stamps or the post office.

Inmates like it because the emails typically eliminate delayed mail runs so they can get your correspondence much more quickly and send responses immediately.

Jail staff likes it as it eliminates concerns about contraband entering the facility in envelopes and on paper. It also allows the jail to have an electronic record that can be called upon at any time.

Anything you or your inmate writes in an email service is put through a filter program that looks for certain words related to criminal and/or gang activities.

There have been multiple cases in which emails between inmates and their friends or loved ones has been used as evidence in criminal court cases to convict them or to file new charges.

Call 713-755-5300 or click here to see if email services are being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.

How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's First and Last Name
1307 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002

All mail sent to an inmate at the Harris County - The 1307 Jail must include the senders name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.
Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and discarded.
To confirm the mailing address and/or any new policies regarding inmate mail call 713-755-5300 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Mailed Items NOT Allowed

If your inmate is mailed anything other than a letter or postcard, it won't get through. .

Examples of prohibited items at this facility include:

Greeting cards

Envelopes (Other than properly addressed envelopes that contain letters or photos for the inmate)

 Pens

 Obscene pictures (Pictures depicting FULL or PARTIAL nudity)

 Pencils

 Perfumed letters

 Markers

 Packages

 Newspapers (Other than approved subscriptions)

Stickers

Cash or money orders

Food or personal hygiene items

Contraband

Stamps

Computer-generated materials downloaded from the Internet

 Photocopied images or facsimiles

Medicine

Call 713-755-5300 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.

POLICIES REGARDING MAILING PHOTOS TO Harris County - The 1307 Jail

Photos should not exceed 5 X 7 inches.

Send no more than five photos at one time.

Prohibited items include:

Polaroid photos

Photos of weapons, drugs, alcohol or nudity

Photos of lewd behavior or people exhibiting too much skin is prohibited.

Call 713-755-5300 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.

Important Mail Tips

Mail is always scanned and inspected for contraband, obscenity and other rule infractions.
Assume that everything you write will be read by jail staff and can and will be used against you or your inmate in court.  
Never write anything about the inmate's court case you wouldn't want read aloud in court.
Mail is considered by the jail to be a privilege. Any violations of the mail policies can result in the inmate's mail privileges being suspended.
The introduction of contraband by you into the jail through the mail could result in criminal charges being filed against both you and the inmate.
Click here to view contact information for the Harris County - The 1307 Jail.

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Harris County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Harris County - The 1307 Jail follow these steps:

  • Register here to create an account with icaregifts for Harris County.
  • Choose Texas, then Harris County - The 1307 Jail, and then the products you want shipped to them, and input your payment method. 
  • NOTE: There may be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Harris County at any one time.
  • There are a total of fourteen (14) pre-determined icaregift packs available to choose from. 
  • The gift packs for inmates in Harris County range in price from $10.49 for ten pre-stamped envelopes, 2 pens and a pad of writing paper, to $104.99 for a box of 85 snack and food items.

For all information, tips and available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Harris County - The 1307 Jail, as well as sending money to the inmate so that they can purchase their own items, check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Harris County.


 

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Harris County - The 1307 Jail

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Harris County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Harris County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.


 

How to Schedule and Visit an Inmate in Harris County - The 1307 Jail

To schedule and set up a visit, either at-the-jail or remotely from your home, follow these instructions:

  • Register and/or log in.
  • Select Harris County - The 1307 Jail, then your inmate.
  • Review the days, available hours and the cost of remote and on-site visits in Harris County.
  • Schedule your visit.

To get more complete instructions, and understand visit lengths, times, locations, fees and all the other rules including children, dress codes and more, check out or Visit Inmate Page.
NOTE: All visits are recorded and whatever you say and do will be monitored. It is best to never discuss sensitive information regarding your inmate's pending case.